A 76-year-old man who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in the 1950s slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl was released today, according to CBSNews.com.
Jack McCullough was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for the murder of Maria Ridulph in Sycamore. A judge vacated his conviction following a six-month review of evidence pertaining to the case by DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack, who played a central role in McCullough’s release.
Maria Ridulph was abducted in December 1957 while playing outside with a friend; her remains were discovered five months later. Ridulph’s murder made headlines nationwide during a time when reports of child kidnappings were rare.
The vacation of McCullough’s conviction makes the Ridulph killing – one of the oldest cold cases to be tried in U.S. history – officially cold once again.
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